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Shreveport-Bossier's first Life March set for this weekend


Shreveport-Bossier's first "Life March" is set to take place this weekend, an event organizers say will attract "thousands to rally for the sanctity of life."

It's sponsored by Louisiana Right to Life, in conjunction with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, Louisiana Family Forum, Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center, Heart of Hope Ministries, and Concerned Women for America.

It will come on the heels of the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, disallowing state and federal restrictions on abortions in the U.S.

Saturday's "Life March" will begin at 10a.m. at the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, continue across the Texas Street Bridge, and end at Shreveport's Festival Plaza.

At Festival Plaza the crowd will listen to music and messages from key note speakers.

According to a statement released by organizers in advance of the event, "We hope Saturday marks the beginning of a new effort to save lives by motivating the faith community to greater engagement," said Mike Johnson, a Shreveport attorney who also serves as Legal Counsel for Louisiana Right to Life.  "When people of faith reach out a renewed hand of compassion, raise more awareness, and stand unapologetically for the sanctity of human life, it will make a huge difference."

Johnson cites statistics that they say are troubling and "distinguish Shreveport-Bossier as the "abortion capital" of Louisiana."  They say preliminary "numbers compiled by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals" show that 4,003 abortions were performed at local abortion facilities in 2012 alone, out of 9,225 abortions performed statewide. Those statistics appear to come by way of The Hippocratic Resource, a pro-life organization of physicians and other health care professionals, and not directly from the DHH.

"Many residents of Northwest Louisiana are shocked to learn that their area provides more abortions than even New Orleans and Baton Rouge," said Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life.  "There is no question that these alarming numbers can be reduced when caring people decide enough is enough."

In addition to the national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, speakers at Festival Plaza will include local religious leaders. Organizers say a number of elected officials are also confirmed to attend, including U.S. Senator David Vitter, Congressmen Bill Cassidy and John Fleming, and many state legislators and local officials.

Click here for more information on Louisiana Life March North.

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